On Wednesday 26 June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) announced agreement on a Treaty to improve access to books for the visually impaired.

WIPO proposes improvements to access through modifications to existing copyright laws. WIPO estimates that 300 million visually impaired persons will benefit from such a Treaty when it comes into force after formalities to implement the Treaty are completed. 

WIPO has worked towards such a Treaty over a number of years and Director General, Francis Gurry, has been a forceful advocate.